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The Transatlantic Tunnel 1935

It's the story of an engineer who takes on the most ambitious project ever - excavating a tunnel under the Atlantic Ocean from England to America - and the obstacles and sacrifices he makes while doing so. Stars Richard Dix and Leslie Banks with special appearances by George Arliss and Walter Huston. Directed by Maurice Elvey. AKA "The Tunnel".

Run time 92 minutes 60 seconds
Audio/Visual sound


Reviewer: Peleke - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 12, 2013
Subject: love these old films...
Very enjoyable story, thanks.
Reviewer: WINSTON SMITH3353 - favoritefavoritefavorite - March 19, 2013
Subject: I Liked It
Amazingly accurate science fiction from a German novel written in 1913. C. Aubrey Smith is great as usual. Stiff Dix is not. Walter Huston plays the president of the US in this British production by GB.

Slightly blurry print and scratchy sound, but watchable.

One interesting piece of dialogue occurs at 00:07:26 when habitually pipe-smoking Robbie, the inventor of the radium drill, spontaneously starts telling Ruth the story of the 3 bears.

Ruth: What DO you smoke?
Robbie: Oh.. that's rope.

Ha. 1935. Whoooosh! Right past the censors.
Reviewer: cloudeagle - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 27, 2013
Subject: Tunnel of love, maybe not
The tunnel effects were brilliant, Only seen comparable stuff on Discovery Channel re tunnels through mountains to bring water for eg to LA.
The effects alone get 4 stars, add to that pretty good acting, and I am well gob smacked.
One to watch definitely, even manages a bit of on the edge of the seat stuff.
Reviewer: AnnSmithy - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 9, 2011
Subject: There are other Things Besides Money, "He said." "We Don't Deal in Them." said the other Fellow.
I loved to view this movie, even though I couldn't always follow the progress of the tunnel, I was fasinated with the style and taste of the English scenery, from the theatre in the room to the rose garden and tea for two blondes. That classic car I've only seen in prints never a moving picture. This movie is eye candy and dreamy. Forget the reality of building a tunnel and enjoy it for the facts. Early electric scooters for the lame, and flat screens that protract. Every scene is perfectly lovely. All caucasion the foreigners haven't taken over the english speaking people yet.
Reviewer: migre - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 9, 2011
Subject: Great Flick
It's a great movie but what we need is a nice 2.0 GB
Mpeg 2 or something of that calibre for download.
Reviewer: oldfarte - favoritefavorite - January 9, 2011
Subject: Not my cup of tea
I felt it started of boring and then it got more boring and finally I couldn't finish it . Good movie to take a nap thru. I am sure there were some redeeming quality somewhere in it but I didn't find it
Reviewer: Dr Feel Rotten - favoritefavoritefavorite - January 8, 2011
Subject: Oh Darling.. (my best Brit accent)
What imbeciles these dashing men must have been to think they could survive drilling right through an active volcano and live to anything much less shake hands!
This wasn't Dix's best performance, but was probably his most ambitious. They had a good idea for something, maybe peace, but for sanity it didn't quite cut it.
They might as well just build a giant pontoon bridge over the Atlantic. At least they wouldn't have been burnt to crispy critters trying even though they would have probably drowned before getting even half way.
Still..with the gazillion flaws I liked it, but why does every movie of its kind have to throw in mush? To this day they still do that foolishness as if our brains would just turn to oatmeal if a couple weren't getting it on on screen.
Something else rather odd is the "radium drill" could go through 1000s of miles of solid rock and even an active volcano, but seemed to just break down that last 20 feet or so so they had to blast. They just don't make radium drills like they used to I guess. It must have been a cheap Chinese knock off from Walmart or something.
Reviewer: earther - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 23, 2010
Subject: Definitely into the spirit of the times
This is a serious soaper in classic 1930s style, but it's also a neat science fiction story set in the luxe, art deco future envisioned in the 1930s. The tunnel itself is part of a vision of peace and progress, but it is up against the evils of business speculators and arms dealers and the sacrifices that the project would entail. You can almost watch it as an allegory about what later would happen in World War II. Of course, no one knew then. The future was a world where one's maid or butler would answer the video phone for you and the radium drill and a new type of style might make anything possible, if we were willing to sacrifice for it.

I won't get into all the melodrama. There was something for everyone, just like the real future. There were tales of love, requited and unrequited, divorce, courage, adventure, intrigue and probably stuff I didn't even notice. The story telling is elliptical, jumping forward years in a single cut, as the title project clearly took decades.

It's not Metropolis, but it's not just camp. I'll give it four stars as I am interested in the 1930s as I see many parallel challenges in our own era. The style of story telling is a bit dated, but its a fun movie, definitely worth every penny and then some.
Reviewer: doowopbob - favorite - February 2, 2010
Subject: Oh....Prunella....
Stiff Dix Had About As Much Talent As A Cigar Store Indian..!
Reviewer: Deichbrand_1 - favoritefavorite - December 20, 2009
Subject: What is the meaning of this film?
There are so many open ended wires at the end that it would be a waste of time to actually count them. The viewer is rushed from scene to scene and some of them are pretty pointless and of no importance to what happens later. Some issues are never really fully explained (the gas for instance)

The characters remain bland and are unable to fascinate. What is the role of the women? What happened to the investors? (I do not want to spoil anything, but this list can easily be continued.)

There is a smell of propaganda surrounding the plot and this makes this film so hardly palatable.
Reviewer: revdaddy - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 29, 2009
Subject: a super movie
I enjoyed this greatly. I have to strongly disagree with the other review. I found it a tribute to the American and British spirit.

The bad guys in this were industrialists who schemed to make a killing on the stock--one actually killing the another.

The idea was to build the tunnel to bring about more peace. I work for that and pray for it.

The televisors, aeroplanes, rail cars and electric cars were so futuristic that even today they seem like something we couls see in the future. What a contrast to the fashions of the late 30s.

The ending was a bit of a let-down.
Reviewer: drpsionic - favoritefavoritefavorite - August 24, 2009
Subject: "The hopes of the nation..."
Yes, this film is regarded as a sci-fi classic. No less an authority than Forrest J. Ackerman dubbed it so in his magazine "Spacemen" in 1962. But the funny thing is that this classic never made it to television in the 1950s or the 1960s, at least not in Chicago.

Well, if you look at it you will see why it didn't. All it need was a salute to either Comrade Stalin or Uncle Adolph. It is purest either fascism or communism at it's heart, the hero being the heroic engineer who sacrifices his family's happiness for the sake of the Tunnel! He wanders down among the proletariat urging to greater efforts (and the funniest scenes in the film are of the proles running for dear life when things explode) all the while keeping his dedication intact in the face of the Enemies of Progress.

All this thing needs is some balalaika music while they dance around the digging machine.

And the ending? Oh you just have to see it! I can't describe it.
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